The Express are excited and proud to announce a strong core of our leadership group today.
Defenceman Drew Cooper from Ann Arbor, MI, has been named the 22nd captain in Coquitlam Express history. The blueliner appeared in 45 games last season and earned the Most Improved Player Award at the end of the year. Drew is a hard working, physical player with an offensive game to match.
Alternate captains will be Josh Wildauer and Connor Gregga.
3rd year veteran Joshua Wildauer from Dearborn Heights, MI and is committed to the Lake Superior State University NCAA Div. I program. Josh was part of our leadership group last season and was loved by all fans and teammates, for his energetic style of play. Last season Josh was voted by his teammates and hockey staff as the Team MVP in the Regular Season.
Connor Gregga from Markham, ON and is committed to the Minnesota State University NCAA Div. I program. Connor quickly became a fan favourite last season as he won the Express Rookie of the Year award with his high tempo, physical game.
Coach Jason Fortier had this to say when asked about this group:
“I am thrilled to announce this core of guys as leaders early in our off season. We had a very good group last year and our leadership did a great job. We will be adding a third alternate captain after training camp, but we believe in these returning guys and truly feel like they will do an outstanding job. After speaking to most of the players from last season, to a man they felt these 3 guys have the right character and leadership qualities. Our culture of what it means to be a part of the Express is important to our group and we believe that today is an affirmation of building with our culture in mind. Drew Cooper is a warrior with offensive talent and is respected on and off the ice by anyone who has watched or met him. Having Josh and Connor to assist Drew was an easy decision. They are more vocal personalities and respected by everyone. The work ethic, the attitude of being a good teammate and passion to be successful is something these guys exude. It takes a selfless person to be a leader, we believe that these guys have that quality and I’m proud to announce this today.”